What is the object of education? This topic has many answers and we know from our own experience that many of the things we learned were not taught. Many of the things taught we did not learn or forgot. Parents are often interested in educating for employment: a comfortable and respected life. However, when we add Catholic to the word education we need to have a different understanding.
Both Catholic weeklies
had articles on the new rector of a Catholic University and his
understanding of education. We have over 220, 4-year colleges in Korea,
and no Noble Laureates. With all these schools why do we have the highest
suicide rate of the OECD countries? The rector feels the reason for this
is our educational programs. We need to teach the dignity of each
person made to be happy.
Catholic education needs to
remember the Catholic part otherwise, we educate only for academic
excellence, worldly success.There is a need to form disciples.
education has to be education of the whole person not only of the head
but also of the moral and physical. Catholic Education is not to make
Nobel Laureates, prepare government officials or teach how to make a million
dollars but to teach how to live life fully. Students need to be educated on
how to live a happy and fulfilled life.
started in 12 century Europe attached to religious houses. They began
with the ethos of Christianity. The foundational philosophy was the
love for humanity. Knowledge was given to us to grow as human beings and
the educational institutions were there to help.
the present reality we have a decrease of students, drop in the
population and unemployment. How to do we keep the schools
open? What is the solution to the impasse we face? He sees it with
learning, developing our human qualities and finding jobs.
if it comes to closing the doors of the university we need to stress
the social teaching of the Church: common good, solidarity, and
Common Good is the total of social
conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals to
reach their fulfillment more completely and easily.
Solidarity is the idea that we are all
connected with all human beings. We belong to the world family and need
to be concerned for all, granted with different degrees.
Subsidiarity is the idea that problems need to be solved at the smallest and most
intimate level possible. If this is not possible then we go to another
higher level etc..
Schools are for students and not students for the
schools. We need to work together, share the difficulties, make schools what they are meant to do:
educate the head, heart and body.